Posts Tagged ‘bird photography

26
Jan
09

dslr cinematography – resources

Inaugural chaos here in the northwest DC suburbs followed by a helluva cold have kept me out of the blog game for a hot minute.  But while I’ve been defragging, so to speak, I did a bit of looking around at the various communities forming out there focused on making films with the Canon 5D Mark II and other DSLR cameras shooting video.

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I first learned about cinema5d.com reading Stu Maschwitz’s latest blog post.  Check out Stu’s post for a lot of great examples of the black crush issue many 5dmarkii users have been talking about.  Stu found out about the fix for this issue thanks to Keith Paisley’s cinema5d forum post.  Essentially, download QT 7.6 and *presto* no more black crush.  Of course, if you’re mid project you might not want to change anything because you will seriously alter any color grades you’ve made so far.  And also, be careful for any other upgrade gotchas changing your QT version may introduce into your system.

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DVinfo.net has created a new subforum: Canon EOS 5D Mark II for HD.  I’ve found this to be a very cool forum where video guys are looking at a still camera.  Got a question about steadicams, xlr adapters, or anything else a DoP might know post it here.

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Oppositely, over at dpreview.com the still photography guys (and girls I’m sure, sorry ladies) are looking at the video capabilities as a whole new world opening before them.  If you’ve got a question about lenses, flashes, or anything else still-photog-centric, this is the place to ask.

If you’ve got another great DSLR cinematography resource post a comment and share!  I leave you with a little bit of 5dmarkii holy-moly compliments of renowned wild bird photographer Romy Ocon

proactively • uncrushing the blacks in color, just a smidge • peter

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18
Oct
08

FCProse Episode 4 – cut color compress 5dmarkii footage

Here’s the all-in-one video tutorial showing you how to cut, color, and compress 1080p video captured with Canon’s upcoming 5D Mark II Digital SLR with three Final Cut Studio 2 applications: Final Cut Pro, Color, and Compressor. I recommend clicking thru for the hd version to better see the application interfaces.

In this episode I walk through the steps to edit your footage in Final Cut Pro, perform a broadcast safe grade in Color, and then make a web compression for upload to YouTube and Vimeo using Compressor.

I work directly with the source H.264 video Vincent Laforet made available for download (no H.264 -> Apple ProRes 422 transcode this time around). I also discuss some system specs and rant about High Dynamic Range video. A quick tag surf lead me to this post that has an example of HDR video captured by something called the HDRC® MDC04 CL camera system.

What’s High Dynamic Range (HDR), you ask? Check out yet another Chad Richard HDR timelapse (click thru for the full HD effect):

Mr. Richard has done a lot of heavy lifting to convert a series of HDR stills into 1080p video (and then compress for Vimeo, of course). Check out his tutorial for this process here.

We’re at the forefront of a paradigm shift where digital photography and high definition video are converging. Check out Romy Ocon‘s 5dmkii bird photography, err, video:

Right now is an exciting, exciting time.

proactively • sitting in a front row seat • peter




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